Monday, July 29, 2013

Hawk & Crow Vintage Tee {review}

Hello ladies! I'm filling in for Bethany today since she was unable to get to her post due to being out of town.
How's everyone's summers been going? Can you believe it's already almost August? Time has gone by so immensely quick this year!
So, it's time for another product review. I was sent a t-shirt from Hawk and Crow Vintage.
It looks to be relatively 'old' for a piece of clothing, maybe from the 90's at least? I'm not really sure, but either way it does kind of have a 'vintage' look to it.
It's very lightweight, and comfortable. The biggest negative is that it's a bit see-through, so I wouldn't wear it out in public anywhere. Mainly I've just been wearing it around the house., which works out great because in our hot, muggy FL weather it's very practical. I love how lightweight it is.
And of course, there's the color and graphic design on the front.

I think the instruments are cute, and the yellow background is a nice bright pop of color.
So. I like this shirt, and it's already gotten a good bit of wear.
You can find other vintage-y t-shirts and clothing items at Hawk and Crow Vintage here. 
On a side note, for all those who sent in applications to become a APOC writer, thank you for your interest! We've selected a few ladies to join the team and I can't wait for you to meet them!
And, on yet another side note, I thought I should mention that I'm having a giveaway on my personal blog, here. There's only 4 days left to enter, so you might wanna go take a look at that now! I'm giving away two of my self-published poetry books, and also some natural eye shadow and homemade earrings!
Have a blessed day, y'all! Redeem the time!
Note: I was sent this item from Hawk and Crow Vintage in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed remain mine and mine alone.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Twisted Billboard

Not too long ago, I saw several billboards going up in my area.  I never found out who put them there, but they read, "If my people will humble themselves and pray, then I will heal their land.- 2 Chronicles 7:14"  Every time I drive by this representation of what the Christian church in America is today I am reminded once again why I want no part in it and why I don't like to call myself a Christian.  You may be a bit confused right now.  Perhaps this will help clear things up...

This is what 2 Chronicles 7:14 actually says: "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."

Enlightened yet?  Maybe this will help....

"For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book."-Revelation 22:18-19

If God is that serious about changing the words in the book of Revelation...would He not be just as serious about the rest of His Word?  And if He is that serious about the whole of Scripture, how DARE we quote a verse for a whole city to see and leave out the key point?  How DARE we lie about what the almighty God has declared?

This is the way the church has gone.  Our pastors don't preach the truth anymore.  It's their job to tickle our ears, keep us happy.  Tell us just enough things to change that we can pretend we've been convicted, but never actually do anything about it.  They teach a false Gospel that involves nothing more than saying a few words and being "in church" the rest of your life.  You can live however you want because you have "freedom in Christ" and He understands and will never forsake you.  

Christians don't know who Christ is anymore.  They think that Christianity is just another religion (only it's the right one and we don't like people who disagree with us) and you know what?  They are right.  Christianity has nothing to do with Christ and everything to do with making people think that they're safe because they go to church and know all the right answers.

I don't have any idea who put that billboard up or what they were thinking.  But the way they twisted that verse around puts words in God's mouth that were never there.  He never said that all men had to do was be humble and pray and their land would be healed.  No, He said that if men would "humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways" that then and only then would He heal their land.  

Are there still Christians left in the Christian church?  I believe yes, that there are a few left who are faithful.  But the church as a whole is not only lost, but MORE lost than those who do not claim the name of Christ.  I am standing here to speak a warning to the church in the U.S.  Persecution is coming.  It will not come the way many of us think that it will.  No one will say that people are being persecuted for being a Christian.  Christianity will probably always be legal in this country.  No, they will throw in jail those who speak against evil and they will call it "hate speech".  They will secretly put to death those "terrorists" who refuse to obey their laws because it violates the law of God.  

May you be one of those who refuses to compromise.  May you never deny Christ by your actions as you proclaim Him with your mouth.  

"So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches."-Revelation 3:16-22


Saturday, July 27, 2013

BrownSugarShop {review}

Hello, everyone!  Today I'm reviewing a face cleanse from a shop called BrownSugarShop.

I'm one of those weird people that always notices how things are packaged.  What kind of tissue paper they used; envelope, manila envelope, or box; maybe bubble wrap of packing peanuts.  This item was wrapped in really pretty sparkly tissue paper, inside a bubble wrap lined manila envelope.  Very well packaged.

This is the bottle.  The words just wouldn't show up with the camera I was using.

Here's the picture they used.  Easier to see, right?  Yeeeah.  I'm not a photographer.

Cleansing Grains can be used instead of soap to cleanse skin or as a mild scrub or exfoliant. These can be used for any skin type and won't scratch the skin. Very gentle and milk, great for sensitive skin.
To use simply pour a little bit into the palm of your hand and add a few drops of water, then gently scrub face in circular motion and rinse off. You could also mix with some Aloe Vera, Oil or Floral Water to make a Mask.

They suggest Aloe Vera, Oil, or Floral Water to make a mask.  I didn't have Aloe Vera or Floral Water, so I decided to try Oil.

That's what it looked like when I mixed it with oil.  I had to keep stirring it, though, because the cleansing grains kept settling to the bottom.

This is how it looked when I put it on.

Just a tip: TIE YOUR HAIR BACK WHEN YOU DO A FACE CLEANSE.  I'm just sayin', I got a lot of oil and grains and clay in my hair.  Something easily avoided.

Then I tried water.  It was very thick, but I put a lot of cleansing grains in.  You can make it thick or thin depending on how much of each you put in.

The water mix.  I like this more than the oil.  It was thicker, and I got less to cover more of my face.

The cleansing grains were really lumpy when I used them, but I figured out that was the clay.  You can't dissolve the clay.  But I liked it, overall.  I'm really bad at doing face washes, and this feels really nice.  It was rougher than I expected, but not too rough.
BrownSugarShop has many items.  Body sugaring, sugar scrub, body butter (cream), soap, skin care, and hair care.  All their items look amazing.  Really.  I think I want to try buy more of them, because they're amazing.  Please check out BrownSugarShop.  You can find it here.

Sorry I got this posted so late.  Thanks for reading!  May God go with you all!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Funny Thread {review}

Hello Ladies! First, I must apologize to you all for not being consistent on APOC with my posts. I am sure you all know what it feels like to suddenly have something jump into your schedule at the last minute and wreck all the things you had planned for. :)  This is what has been going on for about a month now and just when I think I will be able to post that week, something ends up happening where I am not able to. I hope you all understand.
Second of all, I want to thank my friend Leah Oxendine for giving me the opportunity to review a shop from Etsy today! I am not very talented when it comes to people skills, so she did all the talking and communicating with the shop owner and I get to do the fun part which is the review! Thank you Leah! 
Now for the review!!! The shop name is Funny Thread, and is owned by an extremely creative and talented girl named Marta. Marta’s shop, designs all sorts of classy jewelry items all made out of…..thread! Funny Thread contains bracelets, earrings, and necklaces. I really enjoyed looking through Marta’s merchandise and I admired her taste for color and beauty in what she makes, and the classiness of the items she designs.                             
  For this review, Marta sent me a gorgeous  sky blue crocheted yarn bracelet and a pair of sky blue wrapped yarn earrings. (Blue is my favorite color!) The ball earrings came in an adorable box, and inside was a little bag which contained the earrings. I was surprised at first, that the earrings were so light, which I find a great advantage since my ears hurt when I wear earrings that weight a lot. The way they are put together is very professional and they go spectacularly with casual outfits. So for those of you who have a hard time dressing up your jean or casual clothes, this is a wonderful way to do it! Also, the earrings and most of her other items come in a gazillion different colors.  She even has different shades of a single color! If you are one who does not have a favorite color, you are going to find that choosing an items color is a hard decision to make....kind of like when you are staring at a wall of candy in a grocery store and you are only allowed to choose one!   

The bracelet she sent me is sooo beautiful! The thread is first crocheted then the strands of crocheted thread are braided together to make this amazing bracelet.  I am a little cautious when putting the bracelet on just because it feels very delicate but I am sure it could probably stand up to a good bit. Also, from the looks of the bracelet, I figured at first that it might itch a bit, because of the woven-in sparkly thread, but I was surprised to see that it is comfortably soft and does not irritate my skin at all. The bracelet stretches so it is guaranteed to fit most wrist sizes. 

Marta’s shop is definitely worth taking a look at. Here are a couple pictures of some other items she offers at her shop. 
Dangle Earrings

Knit Bracelet 
Yarn Necklace

Knotted Thread Necklace
Marta's prices range from $8.00 to $35.00. The prices may seem a little expensive for thrifty homeschoolers, but considering the shipping costs from the Ukraine all the way to the U.S.A. the prices are a little more understandable.  There are definitely a couple items in her shop that I would love to buy when I get a few extra bucks to spend on classy jewelry.

Here are some pictures of myself wearing the jewelry. 

I hope you all have enjoyed this review! Please check out the Funny Thread shop and take a look at all Marta's creations by clicking here. Thank you!!! I hope all of you classy ladies have a lovely day! 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Looking For Contributors!

(Just a photo of when I had the privilege of getting to meet Bethany, one of our regular writers, in person!)
Are you really on fire for writing about what you believe?
Do you enjoy pointing others to the light of God's Word? Love to encourage and inspire other ladies and girls to radiate with true, Biblical femininity and classiness?
Well, guess what! APOC is now looking for a few new contributors, and you could easily be one of them!
Starting today, you can send in to contribute on this blog  - whether it be a weekly article, monthly, or even just a guest post. What a terrific opportunity to use your writing gifts and abilities to reach out to other ladies and girls for the glory of God!
Interested? Eager to jump on board with the APOC team?
 All you have to do is send us an email at
Tell us:
1. Your name, age and blog address/website,
2. Why you'd like to write for us,
3., What you would contribute to our blog if you were selected to be a APOC writer.
Attaching writing samples is encouraged.
And that's that! Pretty simple, isn't it?
We look forward to hearing from you!

Monday, July 22, 2013

What Makes You Think You're Modest?

 Hey girls! I've been gone for a really longgg time. I now offer my deepest apologies. :) I have some product reviews to do, but they aren't quite ready yet.
 So today I'm going to talk a little bit on What Makes You Think You're Modest? Ooh.

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 No matter how you dress, there will always be someone who dresses "more modest" then you do.
You might wear short sleeves and pants, but someone else might only wear long sleeved dresses. So you may often run into the question from people who might be offended by your stand, or just curious.

 I have a pretty fun story. I just got home from my church's camp a few days ago. (I'll be going to another pretty soon.) Anyway, I have a modest swimsuit. It's called a culotte swimmer, and is rather like a wetsuit, with some water safe light fabric over top. It has sleeves, and culotte legs which are like a skirt almost with the space for your legs, but they are closed off. (I'll have to post some pics next week or something. ) Anyway, our camp has the rule that you have to be covered on your way to the pool for girl's swim time. I was working as an assistant cabin leader for the little girls. So they were all pulling on T-shirts, and wrapping towels around their waist, and I was just wearing my swimsuit, casually hanging my towel over my arm. I had made myself expect to receive a few weird stares, and questions. But the little girls were the sweetest. They did ask me about my swimsuit. I explained that I liked to have a more modest bathing suit because, not only did I swim with girls at camp, but sometimes I visit the beach with my brother-in-law's family, which includes several boys. So I didn't see the point in having a bathing suit I could only wear once a year, and have to wear T-shirts and culottes at the beach. To my surprise, the little girls were actually impressed and... jealous! "You're so lucky," one said. "You don't have to wear anything over your bathing suit!" Because of the nature of my bathing suit I didn't cover up like the girls because it wasn't necessary. :)

 But not everyone is like an eight or eleven year old girl. There will be those who might not dress the way you did who feel offended because they think you're saying they aren't modest. This will spark the question, "What makes you think you're modest?"

 I always try to avoid offending anyone. Just because I may dress a certain way, and everything because of a personal decision I've made between God and myself, doesn't mean I'm constantly judging others. Even if I don't approve of what someone is wearing, I'm not going to point it out to them because I know this will only hurt their feelings or offend them, and then I'll never be able to reach them.

 But if you do come into contact with someone who instantly judges you for dressing more "modestly" then them, just explain that you are trying to follow what the Bible says about modesty, and follow God the best you can. Don't say anything that would provide another area of attack for your jilted friend/acquaintance.

 Just pray about it to the Lord, and He will help you when dealing with the "What makes you think you're modest?" people. :)

 God bless, and I hope you have a wonderful day!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

SarahLMeyers {review}

Hey, everyone!  So, today I'm reviewing an awesome camo skirt from a shop called SarahLMeyers.  This shop is awesome.  I found it and knew I wanted to review it.

Isn't it awesome?  It's a camo skirt!  How could it not be awesome?  Anyway, that's how it looks when it's resting on my hips: just down to my ankles.

And when I pull it higher, it goes a little more than halfway down my calves.  I like wearing skirts like that, but maybe you don't.

Anyway, what is most awesome about this skirt is that it's custom made!  You just tell her what size you want and what length.  Or you can give her your measurements for it to be a more exact fit.  She'll make it specially for you!  She does that with all her skirts.

The fabric is a medium weight stretchy material that is very soft and flowy but not transparent.  One of the best things about it.  It's so light, but you can't see through it.

This camo is awesome.  I mean, I can't say that enough.  I love this new skirt, and I might go back and get another one when this is too small or worn out.

She has custom skirts and clothes for both fall and summer this year.  If you want to go and check out her shop, you can find it here.  If you order one of these, I'm pretty sure you won't regret it.

Thanks for reading!


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Plant Therapy Essential Oils {review}

Grapefruit Pink Essential Oil 
Essential oils are a pivotal point in herbal home healing. I don't know how many of you ladies are already acquainted with them, but we've had a couple posts concerning them in the past here at APOC so hopefully you've had the pleasure of getting to use them at some point!
There are many different types of essential oils available on the market these days. How can you know what is good and what's to be avoided? While that question is one to be covered extensively on another post, we're going to take a look at some good, quality oils today.
Plant Therapy sent me two different oils to test in a recipe of some sort. I originally chose the oils based on the idea that I would make a homemade perfume from them.
The plan actually changed a bit though due to a reaction I had with one of the oils. Well, not quite a reaction, just...well, I wasn't so fond of wearing that particular oil on my skin, is all.
 Firstly, I was sent a Pink Grapefruit essential oil, and a Ylang Ylang . 
The Pink Grapefruit (citrus racemosa) oil I am very fond of. It smells exactly like pink grapefruit, as it should.
Some of its suggested uses, according to the Plant Therapy website: Diffuse Grapefruit into the air to help with headaches, mental exhaustion and depression. It may be diluted in a bath, lotion or cream to assist with cellulite, colds and flu, lack of energy, jet lag, muscle fatigue, overweight, headaches, moodiness and mental and physical tiredness.
I read that pink grapefruit oil is excellent for cleansing the skin. It's supposed to be great for dealing with acne and excess oil, so this has been the main way I've been utilizing it. As I said earlier I was planning to include it in a perfume recipe but personally I actually like using it by itself! I just dab a little over the zits and leave it to work. Easy, natural pimple-elimination method!
Pink grapefruit oil is also great in helping to relieve muscle cramps and stiffness. It has a wide variety of other health benefits, a few of which include it being an anti-depressant, antiseptic, aperitif, lymphatic, stimulant, disinfectant and diuretic!
All in all, I've grateful for my pink grapefruit oil from Plant Therapy. I am interested to see how it will help with jet lag because I travel to California once a year with my dad, and gosh is it a struggle dealing with the five hour time difference! The oil is decently priced, and is 100% pure essential oil, cold-pressed.
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
The other oil I received was a Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata) essential oil. This oil I had originally picked because I've seen it used before in perfumes and heard that it mixed well with pink grapefruit oil.
Unfortunately, this wasn't the case for me. There was nothing wrong with the oil itself, this was strictly a matter of personal opinion/preference.
I hate the smell.
I don't know how I've used other beauty items which had Ylang Ylang in them, because there's no way I'd wear something that smelled remotely like this oil. Perhaps the other products simply didn't have the real thing in them...and this is what the real thing smells like.
 The aroma is hard to describe. I'm sure there are people out there who probably love it, but nobody in my house was included in that group.
Now, I will give it this: There are still a number of health benefits.
According to Plant Therapy,
Ylang-ylang Essential Oil can assist with problems such as high blood pressure, rapid breathing and heartbeat, nervous conditions, as well as impotence and frigidity. Spiritual practitioners claim that the users of Ylang-ylang are those who have been drawn to the oil, and who in turn, suit it. Ylang-ylang Essential Oil is best suited for use in the perfumery and skincare industries.
 It is applied to the skin to promote relaxation, kill bacteria, and can even be used in a spray to kill head lice. Its suggested uses are, to defuse it into the air or add 3-4 drops to a warm bath to act as a natural aphrodisiac, help with a rapid heartbeat and breathing, and to help with anxiety.
So, it's definitely something to still consider using if you have any of these ailments. Personally these don't really apply to me, and the smell drives me crazy, but don't let that stop you if you were thinking of getting a bottle of this oil. This is just my own opinion - everybody has different tastes!
I hope everybody has been having a blessed, productive summer! Can you believe we're already more than half-way through 2013?!
Soli Deo Gloria,
Note: I was provided these items from Plant Therapy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions remain mine and mine alone.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Lies We've Been Told

Marriage is not a reward.  It is not something that you can earn or work a certain formula and then just watch it happen.  It's not a guarantee no matter how beautiful and godly and vivacious you are.

I used to think it depended on me.  That if I could lose weight, I would be pretty enough to get married...but then I saw girls larger than my 125lb frame, happily married and living my dream.
I used to think that if I could just get my daily quiet time together and make it a habit that I never skipped, then God would let me get married...and I saw girls that didn't have it together as much as I did planning their weddings.  I thought that if I could just learn to be more outgoing, then I could actually hang out with the type of man I want to marry.  But every time I met him, it fell through.  I wasn't active enough, independent enough, submissive enough....I didn't debate enough to challenge him, I debated too well and he wanted to always be right....I didn't believe the right things, wear the right things, listen to the right music....or maybe, we were just "very different".

I've tried everything and yet, they keep telling me that all I have to do is trust God and He will work it out.  Put Christ first, fall in love with Him....other women have done that and within just a short time God brought along a man and they lived happily ever after.  Don't focus on getting married, go after other goals and then your husband will miraculously appear.

The truth is, there is no formula.  There is no guarantee.  No matter how hard we work at being the perfect woman, it does not depend on us.

My life has not been strewn with roses.  I have visited heartbreak hotel like so many others before me.  I know what it's like to ache inside because no matter what you do, nothing good ever seems to last.  I know how hard it is when you love someone and they leave you.  I've been there, cried out loud from the pain and then got up and gone to work the next day as if life is wonderful.

I don't have all the answers.  In fact, I really have no answers.  There is only one thing that I know will never change, one person who will never leave and one relationship that will always satisfy and you don't have to wait on him to act because He already did.  My Jesus, my Yeshua, the King of kings, Lord of matter how many times I slip away and try other things to satisfy and fix myself, He is still there through it all.  He's the only one who can heal a broken heart, turn your tears into laughter, your ugliness into beauty, your pain into something He can use to help others and with Him, there will always be a happy ending. 

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Mix n' Match! {Alyson's Thrift Corner}

I do not particularly like buying things that I can only wear with a single thing. I like to buy versatile things that I can mix and match with my clothes.
 I can change it to fit any occasion. This is my style. You may enjoy have really intricate designs or colors, which I do like, but I stick more with natural colors. Garage sale-ing allows you to have a lot of freedom when it comes to mix ’n matching. When people sell things in bulk, this is much easier.
You can add a scarf, change your shoes, add a jacket, add fancy jewelry, change your hair, or substitute anything else to mix and match.
Here are some of my favorite mix ’n matches.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Being a Role Model

When I was in 6th grade, and just entering the youth group at church, I looked up to older and much 'cooler' high school girls.  It occurred to me a couple of months ago that I am the same age as those other girls that I looked up to so much.  

A couple of weeks ago, a friend and I were talking about being an example to Believers and non-Believers around us.  During this conversation, she really emphasized on how the younger girls in our youth group look up to us and mimic our actions.  That kind of hit me hard.  I knew others were watching what I did and how I acted, but it never really occurred to me how powerful the impact was.  Not only were the younger girls at church watching me, but people of all ages watch how I act.

Looking around in your daily life, you don't know how many people your actions will impact.  How you react, how you treat other people, how you stand up for yourself, all affect a person's image of you.  Sadly, all it takes is one small bad reaction and a person's view of you is tainted.

I find that especially true with Christians.  It's not uncommon to find an un-Believer who doesn't like Christians because they had a bad experience with someone before who was somehow connected to a church or a Christian themselves.    

There's nothing we can do about that person's previous experiences, but to just be a role model for them.  Just showing them the unconditional love of Christ through our actions will hopefully soften them with time.

(I'm not saying that I am a perfect role model, nor do I expect anyone else to be except Christ.  I hope that I  can strive to be like Christ and show his love to those around me.)

Paul, to me, is a great role model.  The great transformation he went through on the Damascus Road, to imprisonment, ship wrecks, and helping churches get on the right path is a great influence in my life. 

'Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ'-1 Corinthians 11:1

'Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of God.' -Hebrews 12:1-2

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

HomeStateApparel T-shirts {review}

Are t-shirts a major role in your personal wardrobe? Do you find yourself wearing them 99% of the time, in varying situations and scenarios whether? If so, you'll definitely need to take a look at today's review.
A while back I was sent two shirts from HomeStateApparel 
The first was a women's' size large, which my friend Meredith will be reviewing; and the other was a men's' medium which I'm doing.

Originally I was going to do the women's' shirt but it was extremely fitted, and the large felt more like an x-small. I'll warn you, these shirts run very undersized.
The HomeState shop was generous enough to send another shirt, this time in the men's sizing. It wasn't nearly as form fitting, and it fit me way better.
Ever since I got it, I've been wearing it everywhere. To the beach, to the grocery store, to piano tutoring, you name it. The fabric is very soft and comfortable.
As far as aesthetics are concerned, I love the look of this shirt. Blues are very dominant in my closet - maybe because blue is one of my favorite colors! So, naturally I liked that the color scheme here. The grey FL graphic compliments the blue quite nicely.
Ah yes, the Florida Home graphic. We can't forget that, now can we? I am not the only one in my family who has said it's an awesome design.
Overall, my final verdict is - This is a very cool t-shirt and I certainly enjoy wearing it. If you're going to get one, just make sure you count on it being a lot smaller than the size indicates.

Now, let's welcome Meredith, for her side of the review!

Hello ladies and gents, my name is Meredith, and I will be writing for you today.
Leah gave me the opportunity to review a Florida tee from HomeStateApparel, and I have to say, this shirt instantly became one of my favorite pieces in my wardrobe. Why? Because it is COMFY!!! Most super comfortable shirts are - to be blunt - ugly, and not anything I would really like to show off in public. This shirt is excellent in its graphic design and super soft.

Another reason I find this shirt awesome is the fact that it was made for FL. OK, now obviously it has the state featured on it, but you have to put it on to get the full effect. The material is very light, thus very cool in our broiling Florida summers. Because of these two facts alone, this tee is great for working, exercising, or just hanging out with your peeps.

But of course, I couldn't stop there. I also love the color, if you look in my wardrobe you can tell. navy blue is a very trendy and compromising color. What in the world do I mean by that? Navy is a dark, sometimes dreary color, but it can balance out the moods in an outfit. It can be playful, or sophisticated. It can be bubbly, or downhearted. The HomeState shirt is the perfect example of what navy speaks to me because it is fun, yet mature.

Overall I love this tee, and believe it to be an excellent addition to an Floridian's wardrobe. -Meredith

There you have it! Overwhelming evidence that you should check out the awesome HomeStateApparel shop for yourself. Not only do they have FL tees, but also shirts for all 50 states in the Union! Whether you live in the tropics of Hawaii, the wilderness of Alaska or the hills of Tennessee...well, you get the point - there's a shirt for you!

Note: I was provided these items from HomeStateApparel in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, July 5, 2013

CoverUms {review}

Hey!  So, today I'm doing a review of CoverUms!  You might not have heard of these.  Let me show you some pictures.


Yeeeeeeah, it's hard to tell what they are from that pic. A CoverUm is something you wear underneath dresses or shirts that have necklines that go too low.  We all have problems with finding the perfect clothes, and then finding out the necklines are too low.  An easy fix, just wear a camisole under it, right?  Well, when it's really warm out it's not much fun to wear a lot of layers.  With CoverUms they only cover your chest, so it you don't get too hot.

It's sort of like a big bib.  Well, it looks like that when you lay it down, but here's a picture of it when you're wearing it.

I pulled the sleeve away a little so you could see the snap.  It snaps right onto your bra straps and looks like the shape of whatever shape the neckline is.

There's a picture that illustrates how it clips onto the bra strap.  It's so simple!

The sleeves on this dress I was wearing kept on sliding off my shoulders, but that's not something a camisole could fix, either.  I put that shrug on over it to keep it from showing anything.

At first I thought the CoverUm would keep coming up out of my dress, but it stayed when I put it on.  The fabric of the dress must have been enough to keep it down.

Best of all, CoverUms gave all A Pinch of Classy readers a 20% off code: TWENTY

If you want to buy a CoverUm you can order it here.  I would definitely suggest this item.  I might buy another one when these wear out.  I hope you liked the post!